Alternative Service

When unable to serve at the regular service site location due to school breaks, extended agency holidays, inclement weather, etc., activities must be developed by site staff for members to continue to serve. School breaks such as winter and spring breaks should not be considered vacations for members.

General guidelines
  • Plans for alternative service must be approved by a WSC/WRC Program Coordinator BEFORE the service occurs using the Alternative Service Form!
  • Alternative service sites should be non-profit organizations or government/tribal agencies. Members may also serve at a faith-based institution if it has activities related to the member’s position – but the member must keep ALL service restricted to non-religious activities. Members cannot serve at for-profit organizations.
  • The member’s alternative service should align with their position’s focus area (e.g. education, environmental, health & nutrition, etc.).
  • As much as possible, the demographic of the beneficiaries at the alternative service site should be the same as those the member serves at their regular service site (e.g. children of a certain age group or grade level, seniors, unemployed adults).

Refer to POL-122 Managing Alternative Service for further guidance.

Your Program Coordinator can help you brainstorm acceptable alternative service activities; please contact them!

Service site ideas
  • Local libraries, “Friends of the Library” organizations, local reading foundations
  • YMCA/YWCA
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Food banks, soup kitchens, community gardens
  • Family homeless shelters
  • Community centers
  • Conservation districts, land trusts, city/state parks
  • Reach out to fellow WSC/WRC members at other service locations for projects to join